Katie McDowell

Katie McDowell is a senior double majoring in International Relations Global Business and Economics. A Charlotte, North Carolina native, she is an avid traveler and has has studied climate change economics in Edinburgh, Scotland, trade negotiations in Havana, Cuba, and biology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Katie’s interests include geopolitical energy policy, Latin American studies, and sustainable innovation. She recently published an analysis of peace negotiations between a divided Cyprus, inspired by her visit to the UN Buffer Zone there last spring. Katie has been a member of the SCIR team since her freshman year and has been thrilled to continue editing and, more recently, furthering the journal’s strategic plan as the premiere undergraduate student journal around the globe.


SarahBelle Selig

SarahBelle Selig is a senior pursuing her Bachelor’s in International Relations and Progressive Master’s in Public Diplomacy. Her interests include the negotiation and strategic communication aspects of the political atmosphere, specifically within the realm of business development and merger politics. She discovered her passion for editing while developing the manuscript for her recently published novel, The Dim Between, and she looks forward to advancing this skill as a member of the SCIR team.


Anna Lipscomb


Anna Lipscomb is a sophomore studying International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures. She is interested in US-China relations and Chinese society, specifically in the context of the One-Child policy and Chinese international adoption. Her passions include music, writing, and travelling. In addition to editing at SCIR, she also writes for US-China Today and works as an undergraduate student consultant at the USC American Language Institute.


Abhiram Reddy 

Abhiram Reddy is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. In addition to SCIR, he is a research assistant at the USC Lab on Non-Democratic Politics, as well as Secretary-General of Trojan Model United Nations. Last summer, Abhiram served as Research Intern at United Nations University – CRIS in Belgium, where he worked on the redesign of the Regional Integration Knowledge System. His interests include trade policies, environmental issues, chemical weapons, and international organizations.


Nicholas Tinoco 

Nicholas Tinoco is a junior majoring in International Relations, where his research interests include economic development, Latin America, and security studies. Nicholas has served as a volunteer teacher for USC’s International Relations high school outreach program, Teaching International Relations Program, and has worked for The Daily Trojan newspaper as a layout designer.